Missing Berkshire County woman may have Easthampton ties

  • Joanne Ringer, 39, was last seen Thursday, March 2 in Clarksburg. She is believed to have been traveling to Easthampton. Berkshire District Attorney's office—

Published: 3/6/2017 1:09:44 PM

EASTHAMPTON — A missing woman in Berkshire County was possibly traveling to Easthampton when she vanished, authorities say.

Joanne M. Ringer, 39, was last seen in Clarksburg on Thursday, according to the Berkshire district attorney’s office.

Ringer was to start a job at a taxi agency in Easthampton, but did not show up for work Thursday, according to Easthampton Police Officer Chad Alexander.

The Easthampton Police Department is keeping an eye out for Ringer, Alexander said.

Ringer is believed to have left Clarksburg in a dark green 2001 Volkswagen Jetta sedan with Connecticut license plates reading 5AA EX2, according to authorities.

Ringer is a white female, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair with purple streaks, according to the release. Ringer sports body art, including a full-length tattoo on her right arm, as well as an assortment of piercings on her face and in the torso area, officials said.

The Berkshire district attorney’s office’s release described Ringer as a “North County woman,” but she lists Easthampton as her hometown on her Facebook and says she attended Easthampton High School.

Ringer’s close friend Ginger Plantier said authorities have told Plantier not to say anything regarding the investigation. She urges people to control what is said on social media regarding Ringer, saying that false information spread through Facebook could be detrimental to the investigation.

“If they know something, they need to contact the police,” she said.

Authorities are asking anyone who has seen or spoken to Ringer, or know of her whereabouts, to call the Massachusetts State Police, Cheshire barracks at 413-743-4700 or the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office at 413-499-1112.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com

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